Food as Culture
NACC’s Picks for Native Spring 2005

Restaurant
 
Alma    Excellent New Latino food: ceviche, pork chops, banana dishes
1101 Valencia St.
San Francisco
(415) 401-8959
Rating: Almost excellent
Very loud
 
Café Lo Cubano    Some of the best coffee in San Francisco plus food
3401 California
San Francisco
415-831-4672
 
Cafe MarimbaExciting Mexican food with a twist
2317 Chestnut St. @Scott
San Francisco
(415) 776-1506
Very loud.
 
Canto do Brasil     Brazilian fried yucca root, codfish croquettes and coconut flan
41 Franklin St.
San Francisco
(415) 626-8727
 
Cha Cha ChaCaribbean tapas, packed clubby atmosphere
1801 Haight St.
San Francisco
(415) 386-5758
Very Loud
 
Charanga     Caribbean tapas: great patatas a la brava, ceviche
2351 Mission St.
San Francisco
(415) 282-1813
Very Loud
 
Circolo  New Latino with Asian accents: music and a late-night lounge
500 Florida St.
San Francisco
(415) 553-8521
Very Loud
 
Colibri Mexican Bistro          Mexican small plates
438 Geary St.
San Francisco
(415) 440-2737
 
Destino Exciting Caribbean, Mexican, and South American food
1815 Market St.
San Francisco
(415) 552-4451
Rating:  Almost Excellent.
Too noisy.
 
El Raigon     Argentinian, excellent steaks and well-prepared sides
510 Union Str.
San Francisco
(415) 291-0927
Very loud
 
EspetusBrazilian, excellent meats and papaya crème desert
1686 Market St.
San Francisco
(415) 552-8792
 
Fresca  This Peruvian neighborhood haunt is as popular as ever
2114 Fillmore St.
San Francisco
(415) 447-2668
 
La Taqueria  Among the best burritos in the city
2889 Mission St.
San Francisco
(415) 285-7117
Rating: Almost Excellent.
Loud.
 
Laurel’s Cuban Restaurant     Pork stew, steak, and rabbit dishes are the highlights
205 Oak St.
San Francisco
(415) 934-1575
 
Limon   Excellent Peruvian-inspired food. Good sangria
524 Valencia Street
San Francisco
(415) 252-0918
Rating: Excellent. Very Loud
 
Los Flamingos      Cuban and Mexican cuisine in Duboce Park
151 Noe @14th
San Francisco
(415) 252-7450
 
Mangarosa    Brazillian cod cakes, cheese bread, and steak rechaud
1548 Stockton @ Union
San Francisco
(415) 956-3211
Rating:  Almost Excellent
 
 
Maya    Sophisticated Mexican food in beautifully decorated space
303 Second St.
San Francisco
(415) 543-2928
Almost excellent.  Very Loud.
 
Mijita     Chef Traci Des Jardins’ pride and joy: an organic taqueria
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco
(415) 399-0814
 
Mi Lindo Yucatan  Regional Yucatan menu at bargain prices, especially good pork
410 Valencia St.
San Francisco
(415) 861-4935
 
Mom Is Cooking   Wide assortment of good Mexican dishes
1166 Geneva Blvd.
San Francisco
(415) 586-7000
 
La Luna        Delicious crab cakes, Argentinean parrillada, and flan
3126 24th St.@ Folsom
San Francisco
(415) 282-7110
 
Panchita’s No. 3  Wonderful papusas, chilaquiles and enchiladas
3115 22nd St.
San Francisco
(415) 821-6660
 
Pena PachamamaPeruvian, favorite indigenous hang out in North Beach
1630 Powell Street @Green
San Francisco
(415) 646-0018
 
Platanos       Latin-inspired fare served in a cheerful environment
598 Guerrero @ 18th Street
San Francisco
(415) 252-9281
Rating:  Almost Excellent
Too loud
 
Tamal   Tapas from ‘old’ California
1599 Howard @ 12th
San Francisco
(415) 864-2446
 
Taqueria Can-Cun Voted best Taqueria by Bay Guardian readers
2288 Mission @ 19th
San Francisco
(415) 864-6773
 
 
 
Tita’s Hale Aina    Hawaiian, poke, kalua pig, barbecue ribs, coconut deserts
3870 17th St.
San Francisco
(415) 626-2477
 
Zapata  A favorite burrito place in the Castro
18th Street and Collingwood
San Francisco
 
Zcaveche      Anticuchos, ceviche, lomo saltado, etc.
4769 Mission Street
San Francisco
(415) 584-2882

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